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Private Richard Joseph Harrison Coates

Service No.:
3rd Light Horse Brigade Train
(12th Company, Army Services Corps(1))
Tree No.:
S056 (Original tree removed)
E02 (New tree planted; different location, plaque missing)
Planted by:
Mrs T H Worthy
Image of plaque on tree E02 for Richard Coates
Image of Service Medal - 1914-15 Star Image of Service Medal - British War Medal Image of Service Medal - Victory Medal

Richard was born at Carlton, VIC, on the 23rd of July 1884, to George Coates and Maria Ann Morris. He married Ethel Clara King in 1907 and they had a daughter, Rita Francis Ethel Coates, in 1908. His wife Ethel died in 1909.

Richard was as a baker when he enlisted at Bacchus Marsh, VIC, in the AIF, 3rd Light Horse Brigade Train, on the 16th of September 1914, aged 30. He embarked aboard the HMAT A51 Chilka at the start of February 1915 and arrived in Egypt some time later.

He joined the MEF at Gallipoli at the start of July and two months later was wounded. In September 1915 Richard was admitted to hospital in Alexandria, Egypt, with a gunshot wound to the left shoulder and the right hand, before embarking for Australia aboard the Kanowna in October. He arrived back in Australia at the end of November and was discharged from the AIF in September 1916.(2)

Richard Coates died at Colac, VIC, in 1962, aged 77.

He is listed on the Roll of Honour for Bacchus Marsh, held by the RSL at Bacchus Marsh.


  1. The Army Service Corps was responsible for the transport and provision of supplies.
  2. He may have returned to Bacchus Marsh and attended a Public Welcome in July 1917.
    - The Bacchus Marsh Express 21 Jul 1917

Location of Tree Number E02

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Tree Position (accuracy ±1 tree) latitude = -37.68820567457872 longtitude = 144.47578847408295

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Last updated by lee, Sat, 21 Oct 2017 18:11:34